Today we have laid the final course of the tarmac, and 'USL' have attended and started the joint to the bridge. This will be completed in the morning and a final tidy up of the area. The traffic management is due to removed later tomorrow allowing us to reopen the bridge on Sunday 23 September 2018 at 9am.
My next update will be when the bridge reopens.
Thank you once again for your patience and understanding.
Another update from the site team;
The base course and plaining has been completed for the wearing course to be laid in the morning.
Following the surfacing tomorrow, a company by the name of 'USL' will attend site to carry out remedial work to the joint from the road to the bridge. This should be completed the same day.
Fingers crossed the weather does not impact on our works.
Once again I have been provided with some photos of todays work.
I will be back tomorrow.
We have been provided another update from our site team. Today we have installed the higher kerbs on the roadside today and set the manhole covers within the carriageway.
Tomorrow will see the beginning of the surfacing works to the carriageway with the base been laid, followed by the plaining in the afternoon. The final course will be laid on Friday morning.
We are getting very close to the end now.
Glad to hear the high winds did not stop our team from working to programme.
Our daily update as promised.
The ootpath reinstated and now open.
Please mind the speed bump....
This is a temporary measure to protect a water pipe installed to keep people connected to the water main following the burst. This will be removed when the water main is operational again.
We will be back tomorrow with a further update.
Sorry for the late update.
I have spoken to the site and project team today and discussed the Wylam Bridge closure on Monday. We are all in agreement that we need to reduce any impact to the local community so we are striving to complete our works before next week. However as you will be aware there are factors that may impact on our progress.
It is our thoughts that if we update the portal everyday with progress, the community will be informed timely with updates. Our site team have also committed to working this weekend to assist with programme if required.
Darren, our site manager has confirmed that the footpath is ready for reinstatement in the morning. The Pedestrian bridge will be coming down in the afternoon to allow the Kerbs on the other side of the road to be installed. We are planning to resurface the road staring on Thursday.
Darren has provided some photos and will give us all another update tomorrow.
As you can see from the previous post comments, I will be providing an update tomorrow afternoon.
In the meantime I thought it would be good to update you on progress from last week. We have now managed to complete the base for the thrust block encasing the pipework. The team are currently constructing the new chamber for the valve, as the old chamber needed to be demolished to allow the base slab to be constructed.
Once this is complete the work will begin on the reinstatement of the footpath. This includes replacing the kerbs and setting the manhole covers to the correct height to allow the footpath to be relayed. We will then need to divert both pedestrians and cyclists on the footpath to all us to reinstate the road.
I will be speaking to both the site and project team tomorrow to provide a further update.
Thank you once again for your continued patience and understanding.
Just a short, quick update this week.
This week we have had steel fixers on site installing the reinforcement for the base slab. This should be complete by Friday morning which will allow us to pour the concrete on this afternoon (Friday).
Over the weekend we have joiners working on site, this will enable the team to pour the concrete on Tuesday 11 September.
Following the above work, the site team will be working extremely hard in the next few weeks to complete the backfilling, reinstating the kerbs and relaying the footpath and road.
We will let you know how we are progressing with this work next week.
Have a great weekend.
I have been provided with an update from our site team.
The team are extremely positive about progress last week and wanted to share it with everyone.
The issues that they faced with the dangerous cables crossing our excavation have now been resolved. Meaning the excavation is underway again. By the end of the week we hope the base slab will be in place and getting ready to pour the concrete next week.
We have included a photo of the cables which have caused our delays which now been proven redundant and a short video of the cable work.
Further to our last update, Northern Power Grid successfully made their cable redundant on the bridge which is one box ticked.
National Grid attended site this week to inspect the works area. They have confirmed their Subcontractor hopes to carry out a check to see if the cables are live or not (live/dead check) on the Wednesday 29th Aug. All being well, if the cables are found to be redundant, by close of play Wednesday we should be in a position to start the excavation and proceed with the construction of the thrust block.
As you can see, we are continuing to work closely with the utility providers to ensure the work is completed as quickly as possible. The companies who own the cables do have a difficult task in proving their cables are redundant and must be 100% certain before they carry out any disconnection work. Should the cables still be live not only would it result in a power outage, but would pose a great threat to life for the people working on or near them. This is why we are being very careful and following processes closely.
Completion is still forecast as late September.
Have a great weekend.
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